Tuesday 12 December 2017

Leonard Nimoy: Spock's most memorable quotes from Star Trek

Kashmira Gander

Leonard Nimoy, the legendary actor best-known for playing Spock in Star Trek, has passed away. He was 83.

While Nimoy had a rich career which spanned TV, film, and the stage - both as a director and an actor - Spock is undoubtedly his most recognisable character.

His half-human, half-Vulcan character was the calm counterpoint to William Shatner's often-emotional Captain Kirk on one of TV and film's most revered cult series.

As well as “live long and prosper”, below are some more of Spock’s best quotes.

"Insufficient facts always invite danger."

"Without followers, evil cannot spread."

"Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Her ongoing mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life-forms and new civilizations; to boldly go where no one has gone before."

"Once you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth."

"Computers make excellent and efficient servants, but I have no wish to serve under them."

"Fascinating is a word I use for the unexpected, in this case I would think interesting would suffice.”

“May I say that I have not thoroughly enjoyed serving with Humans? I find their illogic and foolish emotions a constant irritant.”

"The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one."

"I realise that command does have its fascination, even under circumstances such as these, but I neither enjoy the idea of command nor am I frightened of it. It simply exists, and I will do whatever logically needs to be done."

In a 1995 interview considered why the the green-blooded space traveler who aspired to live a life based on pure logic was so popular.

He concluded that people identified with Spock because they "recognise in themselves this wish that they could be logical and avoid the pain of anger and confrontation." 

"How many times have we come away from an argument wishing we had said and done something different?" he asked.

But despite the character’s success, Nimoy displayed ambivalence to the famous role in the titles of his two autobiographies: I Am Not Spock (1975) and I Am Spock (1995).

After Star Trek stopped filming in 1969, Nimoy tried to shun the role, but he eventually came to embrace it, lampooning himself on such TV shows as Futurama, Duckman  and The Simpsons, as well as in advers.

Independent.co.uk

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